toddlers ( 2-4 years )
Parents can pass on good oral care habits by helping the toddler brush his or her teeth twice a day, avoiding sugary snacks or drinks, and visiting the family dentist regularly. Establishing good dental care habits early will ensure that your toddler learns how to look after his or her teeth.
Parents need to supervise tooth-brushing and follow the guidelines below:
Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste
Provide a soft-bristled toothbrush
Teach your toddler to brush their teeth in a particular order to ensure that they clean every tooth surface
Dental visits should be a positive experience and give you the opportunity to find out about tooth development, the need for fluoride and how to help your child maintain proper oral hygiene.
Oral health issues include thumb and finger sucking, which can cause problems with the growth of the mouth and jaw and position of teeth.